J. G. Stedman — British Soldier died on December 30, 1797

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Poetry is an art, the easiest to dabble in, but the hardest to reach true excellence.
During the crusades all were religious mad, and now all are mad for want of it.
I ever will profess myself the greatest friend to those whose actions best correspond with their doctrine; which, I am sorry to say, is too seldom the case amongst those nations who pretend most to civilization.